Kent-Meridian High drama program produces film about pandemic

‘Unstable Connection’ tells story about students navigating remote learning, social isolation

’Unstable Connection,’ a film by the Kent-Meridian High drama program about remote learning and social isolation. COURTESY IMAGE, Kent-Meridian High

’Unstable Connection,’ a film by the Kent-Meridian High drama program about remote learning and social isolation. COURTESY IMAGE, Kent-Meridian High

The Kent-Meridian High School drama program produced a film rather than doing a live performance this spring due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The film “Unstable Connection” is a musical about students learning during the pandemic, according to Jay Thornton, the Kent-Meridian drama teacher who wrote and directed the movie.

It tells the humorous and heartwarming story about a handful of high school students as they navigate the ups and downs of remote learning and the social isolation that living in your bedroom breeds.

The movie is available now on YouTube through the summer. It features original music by singer-songwriter Rheanna Atendido. Hollywood editor Michael Hofacre cut the film which was shot on location in Kent and Seattle. The movie runs 43 minutes, is suitable for all ages and is free to watch.

Thornton worked with his students on the film for five months.

“The students were committed to making a meaningful production and were not going to be silenced by COVID-19,” Thornton said. “I am so proud of them.”


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